TAG/The Artists Gallery of Frederick presents
"Four Times Three"
A series of four triptychs by Colleen Clapp
"Revelations in Faces and Flowers" A solo exhibit by painter Linda Constant Robinson
May 5–May 28, 2017
O P E N I N G R E C E P T I O N
First Saturday, May 6, 5:00–9:00 pm
TAG/The Artists Gallery will feature two solo exhibitions during the month of May. Colleen Clapp will show “Four Times Three,” a series of four triptychs. Linda Constant Robinson will show paintings in a series titled “Revelations in Faces and Flowers.”
Clapp’s large-scale triptychs were originally designed for an eight-week exhibit in the main lobby of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.
“I was honored to be asked to show my work at NIH, renowned as the primary biomedical and research facility in the world and devoted to state-of-the-art research and healing,” says Clapp. “Someone once described my paintings as ‘meditative,’ and for the NIH show I wanted to offer passers-by a moment of respite, hopefully a moment of quiet reflection, away from the weight of the problems that had brought them there.”
The four triptychs were designed to draw the viewer from one panel to the next on a journey of sorts. Similar in composition, each panel relates to the next with an almost seamless experience, but each triptych reflects its own personality.
“In my work, I try to combine dynamic brush strokes and texture while pairing strong with muted colors,” says Clapp. “My paintings start with a fast-and-loose brushstroke sketch and then evolve with layers of color and texture. They're calculatingly dabbed, scraped, slashed and scored, and, in the end, I find that they come together as one harmonious feast for the eyes... but, of course, I suspect even Julia Child burned a roast now and then.”
Linda Constant Robinson believes that revelation of the self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society combine into a creative force that bubbles up in all artists' work. “My solitary quest in the studio with paint and canvas is for personal satisfaction and understanding of the world. I also hope to communicate my view through art to others. Using imagination and hopefully some wisdom and skill, I explore color, dynamic composition and an expressionistic execution of the paint.”
In her new series, faces and flowers are the beginning point. “Recognizable subjects, such as faces and flowers, allow me to explore my subconscious and creativity with ease,” she says. “These subjects are familiar and yet they are mysterious.
“Many times I will start with my own face. The faces in the self portrait triptych were painted rapidly, one after the other, but are distinctly different in mood as I explored different visual ideas and emotions about myself. The portraits of Tina and Clayton reveal the subjects’ moods and personalities as they were revealed during the sittings.”
Flowers are no different from faces in their spectrum of moods. “One could imagine these flowers are also self portraits in their revelations,” Robinson says. “All offer the viewer an invitation to enter the personal, and yet universal, world of human experience.”
In addition to the solo exhibitions, TAG will also have a new show of work by the other members of the gallery. These shows all run from May 5 through 28, with a reception from 5 to 9pm during First Saturday on May 6.
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TAG/The Artists Gallery is an artist-owned gallery established in 1990 and features monthly solo exhibitions by members, as well as ongoing group exhibitions. A rich variety of subjects and mediums is always on view, ranging from realistic to abstract, and traditional to experimental mixed media creations. Please drop in and discover the wealth of talent right here in Frederick!